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Comparing Columns on a Bar Graph (Illuminations)

In this lesson plan students learn to create bar graphs using unifix cubes, translate this representation to graph paper, and then compare the data that has been collected and displayed. Students are encouraged to make up their own questions about the data (favorite juice) and to practice with multiple sets of data. Sample questions for students and extension ideas are included. The lesson contains links to a PDF of graph paper and the Bar Grapher tool which is cataloged separately in this database.
Contributed by: Grace M. Burton - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher
Math TopicNumber Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade LevelPre-K, K, 1, 2
Resource TypeActivity, Lesson Plans

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorGrace M. Burton - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2000-2012 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
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  • User Comments
    • 4
      Nice connection with connecting cubes
      By bethb on 08/23/2012 - 17:06
    • This activity is perfect for primary students! It makes a nice connection to creating bar graphs by connecting cubes.